The Japanese government has donated thirty one ambulances to assist Nigeria in emergencies.
The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke said that Japan is deeply involved in all sectors of the Nigerian economy.
He said that the Nigeria and Japan have been collaborating with each other, hence the need to bridge the gap where necessary.
“This is the first batch of ambulances. Another twelve or thirteen, depending on the exchange rate would be coming at a later date,” he explained.
Mr. Kusaoke vowed that Japan would continue to work with Nigeria in capacity development.
Ambassador Kasaoke added that giving the size of Nigeria, the ambulances seems modest but would go a long way.
The Nigerian minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole promised that the ambulances would be properly utilised.
“This is part of series of support from the Japanese government,” he said.
The minister noted that Nigeria contributes about 25% of road traffic accident in Africa as one out of four accidents in Africa occurs in Nigeria.
Prof. Adewole said that it was his honour to take the delivery of the ambulances which agreement was signed in 2014.
“We look forward to more of this gesture from Japan as well as a more robust interaction and engagements. We will use it properly,” the minister said.
He added that the Nigerian government appreciates the gesture by Japan.
While responding on behalf of the benefiting hospitals, the Chief Medical Director the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Prof. Thomas Akan, said that the ambulances would go a long way in emergency responses across Nigeria.
He noted that the in most hospitals, the existing ambulances are either not enough or require attention.
The ambulances are to be distributed to 14 teaching hospitals, 14 Federal Medical Centres and three orthopaedic hospitals across Nigeria.